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On May 1, 2021, being the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis approved the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of Saint Joseph

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has introduced seven new invocations to the litany in honour of St. Joseph. The initiative comes during the Year of St. Joseph which Pope Francis declared from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

Written in a letter to the presidents of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences globally, the Secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Arthur Roche and Undersecretary, Father Corrado Maggioni, SMM, explained the reason behind the move. “On the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, published the Apostolic Letter Patris corde, with the aim ‘to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal’,” they wrote. “In this light, it appeared opportune to update the Litany in honour of Saint Joseph, approved by the Apostolic See in 1909, by integrating seven new invocations drawn from the interventions of the Popes who have reflected on aspects of the figure of the Patron of the Universal Church.”

The Congregation presented the new invocations to Pope Francis, who approved their integration into the Litany of Saint Joseph.

The new invocations in Latin and their translation in English are as follows:

  • Custos Redemptoris, - Guardian of the Redeemer
  • Serve Christi, - Servant of Christ
  • Minister salutis, - Minister of Salvation
  • Fulcimen in difficultatibus, - Support in difficulties
  • Patrone exsulum, - Patron of Exiles
  • Patrone afflictorum, - Patron of the Afflicted
  • Patrone pauperum. - Patron of the Poor

With these additions, the invocations in the Litany to St. Joseph now rise to 31.


Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

Saint Joseph,
Pray for us.

Illustrious Son of David,
Pray for us.

Light of patriarchs,
Pray for us.

Spouse of the Mother of God,
Pray for us.

Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Pray for us.

Foster father of the Son of God,
Pray for us.

Watchful defender of Christ,
Pray for us.

Head of the Holy Family,
Pray for us.

Joseph most just,
Pray for us.

Joseph most chaste,
Pray for us.

Joseph most prudent,
Pray for us.

Joseph most valiant,
Pray for us.

Joseph most obedient,
Pray for us.

Joseph most faithful,
Pray for us.

Mirror of Patience,
Pray for us.

Lover of poverty,
Pray for us.

Model of workmen,
Pray for us.

Glory of home life,
Pray for us.

Guardian of virgins,
Pray for us.

Pillar of families,
Pray for us.

Solace of the afflicted,
pray for us.

Hope of the sick,
pray for us.

Patron of the dying,
pray for us.

Terror of demons,
pray for us.

Protector of Holy Church,
pray for us.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord!

Lamb of God,Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us!

V. He made him the Lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.


Let us pray ...

O God, who in your ineffable providence chose Saint Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother, grant,we beseech you, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth, may be our intercessor in heaven. Grant this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.


The Congregation noted that, the translations of the new invocations into different languages will be the responsibility of the Episcopal Conferences." They should translate the invocations into languages within their competency." The confirmation of the Apostolic See is not required for the translations.

The Congregation also permitted the Bishop Conferences to add their own invocations, according to the custom in which Saint Joseph is invoked in their locale.

They instructed that “Such additions should be made in the proper place and preserve the literary genre of the Litany.”

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